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This is a discussion on New to the game within the New Member Hangout forums, part of the Community - Meet other Enthusiasts category; I'm new to the whole import thing. I have been around American cars my whole life. I recently bought an ...

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    New to the game

    I'm new to the whole import thing. I have been around American cars my whole life. I recently bought an 05 WRX and I can't wait to work on it. So I'm asking others out there, that are obviously more experienced than I, what is going to give me the most bang for my buck. I have been told "up pipe, down pipe, cold air intake. What do you guys think?

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    Stay away from CAI's until u upgrade to a bigger turbo. The stocker is just fine.

    Best bang for buck is the stage 2 (up, dp, catback, engine management)

    from then on, it's bigger turbo


    For handling, the most obvious would be to get better tires or swaybars

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    Congrats and welcome. Each forum has posts called "stickies" that deal with commonly asked questions such as this one. This "stickey" should answer yours.
    Good first mods
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    What do you mean by "engine management" and what's a "CAI"

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    Welcome, read up, lots of info here on exactly the questions that you asked. CAI=cold air intake, not great on our cars until other mods are done, and engine management=changing or altering the engine computer. ex, UTEC, Ecutek, Accessport, many others....You are right on about up pipe, down pipe, and then an exhaust. The engine management make the best use of these mods to make some real power!!
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    Engine management is something that is used to "manage" the engines computer (ECU). It takes the form of a piggyback (TurboXS, etc), reflash (Cobb, EcuTek, etc), or standalone (Hydra, etc.). Used to modify factory setpoints mainly around Air/Fuel ratios, timing, and boost levels. One of the better mods for the buck.

    CAI = Cold Air Injection, otherwise known as an aftermarket intake, which in this definition, is installed such that it pulls air from an area other than under the hood, thus feeding colder air to the engine, providing gains in performance. Use caution when purchasing as there are good and bad designs out there. I can't recommend any as I don't need one (STi).
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    Welcome!

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    welcome to the club
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    Any recomendations on engine management. ie: brands, parts, places to look.

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    Cobb Accessport

    great forst mod stage 1 makes a world of difference in the way the car drives
    I just got my new WRX and Im once again completely addicted to turbo boost

    -Worx dual stage BOV (50% intake 50% atmosphere)
    -Cobb Accesport stage 1
    -cleared headlamps (pm for info on this freebie)

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    tEh PriUs=teH faSTah!@@!
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    SOLD: 04 MPS/SW WRX Sti. 12.971 @ 103.97 (stock)
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    306 AWHP/341 AWT, Stage 2
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    What does that do exactly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nnutthowze
    What does that do exactly?

    What does what do??
    I just got my new WRX and Im once again completely addicted to turbo boost

    -Worx dual stage BOV (50% intake 50% atmosphere)
    -Cobb Accesport stage 1
    -cleared headlamps (pm for info on this freebie)

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    I was talking about the cobb accessport, and stage 1 programmer. But I already looked into it and figured it out.

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    welcome to the club... I'm sure you'll find answers to your questions here. Alot of wisdom here...
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